RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: Stock Blockchain technology is encouraging new models of demand response programmes, according to the latest study findings by Frost & Sullivan.The study, ‘Global Demand Response Market, Forecast to 2024′, notes that grid instability and power outages due to peaks in energy demand are driving utility adoption of innovative technologies to enhance demand response capabilities.The technologies include blockchain, data analytics and internet of things.Naren Pasupalati research analyst for energy & environment at Frost & Sullivan, said: “Blockchain technology will provide an innovative and disruptive approach to automated DR programmes, thereby creating a secure and decentralised smart energy grid management ecosystem.“Additionally, blockchain-based DR solutions will significantly improve real-time event validation, financial settlements and secure energy contracts. It currently enjoys enthusiastic adoption in regions such as Europe and North America, where the energy sector employs it to meet the growing demand for transactive energy applications.”In addition, increases in electric vehicles and the emergence of vehicle-to-grid functionality in Europe, has improved the impact of demand response programmes on grid reliability. Read more: Hydrogen – the “missing link” in energy transition“As the EVs in operation increase, aggregators or DR service providers will have to plan and implement delayed charging. DR programmes rolled out by utilities will leverage price signals to incentivise electric car loads to respond to dynamic hourly as well as time-of-use prices, adds Naren.“Such DR measures will aid significant cost savings by encouraging consumers to reduce peak loads.”Key takeaways from the report include:Energy storage and V2G are anticipated to become key components of an integrated energy management system by the end of 2030.Partnerships between DR Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers and established utilities to take their products to the mass market.Partnerships among fleet service providers using EVs, utilities and curtailment service providers to increase the capacity of DR resources.A merger & acquisition (M&A) strategy, wherein larger players seek out firms with unique product portfolios to penetrate developing countries offering potentially higher returns and mitigated risks.The Global Demand Response Market, Forecast to 2024 report can be accessed here…This article was published on our sister website Smart Energy International. Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development TAGSBlockchaindemand responsedemand response programmesElectric VehiclesEnergy Storagemergers and acquisitions Previous articleS.Africa: Kangnas Wind Farm gears for constructionNext articleSeveral leading companies join global electric vehicle campaign Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. BRICS Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA
In a special report last year, the Court of Auditors accused the centre of not following the rules in awarding contracts and recruiting staff in an irregular manner.The centre, which has a budget of around 250 million euro a year, has satellite offices in several EU countries. It employs 2,300 people to carry out research work for a vast range of environmental, agricultural, food safety and other scientific projects.Barry McSweeney, who took over as director-general of the JRC in April, said the cases the Ombudsman had highlighted were regretable but he said the centre was making “huge efforts” to solve the problems. Watchdog Jacob Söderman says in the past five years he has received 15 complaints about the Joint Research Centre, based in Ispra, Italy. In six cases he upheld claims of maladministration.In 1997 he criticised the institution after an applicant was officially offered a job, only to have it later retracted. In 1999, Söderman ruled that a staff member whose chances of promotion had been blocked was mistreated by the centre’s managers.The Ombudsman has also attacked the research centre for the way it draws up its contracts and for its reluctance to give full reasons for refusing grants. “I have had to make numerous critical remarks to the Joint Research Centre in Ispra on issues ranging from poor treatment of grant holders to irregular recruitment procedures to unfair contract clauses,” said Söderman. “I hope that this inquiry will help the Commission get to the root of the problem and put things right.”
Channel 4 will have alternative election night coverage of comedy and comment with Jeremy Paxman, David Mitchell and Richard Osman.The next dayVictory speeches: If there is an outright winner we will likely have a victory speech by breakfast time. Questions about the future of the leaders of the defeated parties are likely to start to surface pretty quickly. In 2015, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg — the leaders of Labour and the Liberal Democrats respectively — had resigned by the end of the day after the election. Many of Corbyn’s Labour MPs, who oppose their leader, told POLITICO that if the Labour leader has not narrowed the 7 percentage point gap between the Tories and Labour from the last general election, he will face calls to go.The queen: The outgoing prime minister (if there is one) will resign and the monarch, by long-standing convention, invites the person most likely to command the confidence of the House of Commons to become prime minister and form a government. In the event of a hung parliament she does not get involved and waits for political parties to determine who is best placed before extending an invitation to form a government.A hung parliament: If no party wins an outright majority, party leaders will begin a battle to form a government. If 2010 is anything to go by, the leaders will start making statements about their positioning early. In a situation of no overall control the government in power before the general election gets the first chance at creating a new government. If they cannot do so, the prime minister will resign.If you haven’t had enough politics by then…Question Time: On the evening of June 9, a final Question Time Election Special will be live on BBC One, 8:30 p.m. from London. Also On POLITICO POLITICO’s UK Election Tracker for iPhone By POLITICO 16 must-reads on the UK election By James Randerson UK press rips into Corbyn, authorities over London terror attack By Cynthia Kroet This is likely to be a big moment for the Liberal Democrats. They will find out if they have consolidated their comeback in Richmond Park — the seat where Tory Zac Goldsmith was defeated by Sarah Olney when he triggered a by-election by resigning over Heathrow Airport expansion and then standing again. In nearby Twickenham, former party leader Vince Cable is likely to find out his fate — a result he has set as a measure for his party’s resurgence.Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron and local Lib Dem candidate Wera Hobhouse speak as they deliver pizza to campaign staff at the party headquarters in Bath | Geoff Caddick/AFP via Getty ImagesTory campaign insiders suggest the Midlands will be the place to watch after the surprise mayoral win for Tory Andy Street in elections last month. From about 4 a.m. the results will come thick and fast with Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham Erdington, Dudley North and Newcastle-Under-Lyme all ones to watch.4:30 a.m.Theresa May’s Maidenhead seat is due to declare and the world’s media will be waiting to hear her speak at her count, whichever way the night is going.5 a.m. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall will find out if he has won a seat in the House of Commons when the Boston and Skegness results are due back. Another big moment for the Conservatives will come in Scotland when the key targets of Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk declares. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North seat in London, Britain’s smallest constituency geographically, is due to be declared reasonably early in the night. There will be plenty of film crews at his count hoping for his reaction to events as the night unfolds.3 a.m. This will be one of the busiest moments of the night for results. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron will find out his fate in Westmorland & Lonsdale. In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon’s Glasgow South seat will be announced. We will likely find out if the Conservatives have managed to make inroads into once barren territory for them in Scotland. Both Moray — the seat of SNP leader in Westminster Angus Robertson — and Perth & Perthshire North, are due to declare. They are long shots for the Conservatives, but areas where they did well in recent local council elections.3:30 a.m. A symbol of quite how stark Britain’s realignment has been is likely to come at about 3:30 a.m, when the seat that used to belong to former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, Sedgefield, is expected to report back. POLITICO visited Sedgefield during the campaign, where Tories were hoping the Brexit referendum had broken tribal loyalty in Labour’s heartlands. The only seat UKIP won at the last election — Clacton — is also likely to be announced around at a similar time, and this is also somewhere Tories are hoping will turn blue.4 a.m. LONDON — Britain goes to the polls Thursday in a contest that has narrowed in recent weeks. Theresa May’s Conservatives are still favorites to win the June 8 race outright, but Jeremy Corbyn hopes to have done enough to deprive May of an overall majority and remain leader of the Labour Party.Voters will also deliver their verdict on the Liberal Democrats’ offer of a second EU referendum on the final terms of the Brexit deal. The United Kingdom Independence Party will find out if their collapse in recent local elections translates into a national collapse, while the Scottish National Party — which very nearly won a clean sweep of Scottish seats in 2015 — will discover if it has lost some of its shine north of the border.Here is POLITICO’s guide to watching election night like a pro. Labour will tot up early results, but election watchers should not be deceived.1 a.m.A clearer picture of the result will start to emerge when the first bellwether seats are announced. Nuneaton — the textbook example of a marginal seat — is regarded as a clear indicator. In 2015 David Cameron pinpointed this result as the moment he knew he had won. Welsh results are also likely to start filtering in early, according to the BBC. Wrexham could be an early Tory gain if it is a good night for May. Labour will tot up early results, but election watchers should not be deceived. Their urban strongholds will be among the first to report back. Logistics mean rural areas where Tories have more support are likely to be much later in declaring results.2 a.m. This is when things really start to get frantic as seats start to come in thick and fast. Giving his hints about what we can learn from marginals due in by about 2 a.m, pre-eminent polling expert John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, said: “If the Tories win Tooting or Wrexham they will certainly be heading for a notably larger majority, if they win Darlington we will probably be heading for a landslide. If the Tories lose Thurrock and Bury North then their majority could be vulnerable.”2:30 a.m. Winner announcedThe last results may not come in until breakfast time, but there could be a clear winner before the results are all in. Traditionally the winner waits for the loser to concede defeat before delivering a victory speech.TelevisionThe BBC’s General Election Results Night Special will be led by David Dimbleby, Mishal Husain, Emily Maitlis and Jeremy Vine. BBC Scotland, BBC Wales and BBC Northern Ireland will have their own results programmes.If there is an outright winner we will likely have a victory speech by breakfast time.On ITV, old House of Commons sparring partners former Chancellor George Osborne and ex-Labour shadow counterpart Ed Balls will be a commentary double act. Tom Bradby will host ITV News Election 2017 Live: The Results coverage.On Sky, election coverage will be co-hosted by Adam Boulton at Sky Centre and Sophy Ridge in Westminster. 11 a.m.We will be live-blogging from 11 a.m. local time (noon Brussels time) and will have live results on the night. You can also download our election tracker, which will have result updates through the night.10 p.m.An early indication of the election result will come in an exit poll, commissioned jointly by the BBC, ITV and Sky News. It is conducted by Ipsos MORI and GfK. This will be released at 10 p.m. and will likely prompt a flurry of trades around the world. In 2015 it correctly predicted David Cameron’s Conservatives had come first and in 2010 suggested a hung parliament.11 p.m.All eyes will be on the northeast for the first hour after the polls close. It is matter of pride for the people of Sunderland to be first in with their results and a slick ballot box transportation and vote counting operation will likely see Houghton and Sunderland South the first to report back, according to Press Association estimates. How it worksGeneral elections in the U.K. use a “winner takes all” system. Under the first-past-the-post electoral system, MPs each represent one of 650 constituencies which gives them a seat in the House of Commons. To become prime minister and form a government your party needs to win more than half the seats in the House of Commons — the magic number is 326. If all parties fall short, Britain has a hung parliament and deals must be done to form a government. May inherited a Commons majority of 12.The scenariosA brilliant night for May: There was talk of a 100-plus majority at the beginning of the campaign. This looks an unlikely scenario now. But in the event May reaches the ton, the history books start being written and she looks invincible. With expectations lowered by recent polls, even 80 seats will be judged a fantastic night for May. Corbyn has to go (under normal circumstances).It was worth it for the government: 50 or more seats and May’s gamble has paid off. She has a substantial majority and a raft of new MPs in marginal seats who owe her their success. It remains a terrible night for Labour. European leaders — closely watching the U.K. election — see a strengthened prime minister with a decent mandate just days before Brexit negotiations start.British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a Conservative Party general election campaign visit in Norwich | Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty ImagesWhy did we go through all of this: If seat numbers are around the 30 mark or lower May ends the campaign considerably weaker. Opponents and loyalists within the party will question why the party has been through a costly and distracting campaign. The shine has well and truly rubbed off their once seemingly invincible leader. The bunker mentality in the May camp will have to change and she will have to work hard on party management.Disaster for May: A similar or smaller majority than her current one will strengthen the pro-Remain and hard-Leave wings of her party. A hung parliament spells disaster for May. If she, or a mixture of other parties, cannot form a government, Britain could be heading for a second election in 2017. Only one polling firm is predicting it, but in the event they were all wrong and Corbyn wins a majority, Rosa Prince has an account of what comes next.Election dayVoting begins at 7 a.m. and the last ballots must be cast by 10 p.m. local time. British news will be fairly election-free during the day with reporting restrictions preventing coverage that indicates how the vote is going while the polls are open, meaning journalists are restricted from reporting much more than politicians going to cast their votes and that voters are going to the polls.
Warren Haynes, Danny Louis Explore Covers, Gov’t Mule Catalog At South Farms Outdoor Show [Videos/Photos]
Warren Haynes wrapped the first weekend of his planned five-show run at South Farms in Morris, CT on Sunday evening. Following a covers-heavy night one on Saturday, Haynes returned to the makeshift outdoor venue alongside his Gov’t Mule bandmate Danny Louis for two sets of stripped-down performances on what looked to be a picturesque end-of-summer evening in the Connecticut countryside.The first set opened with just Haynes and his guitar performing “Don’t Know Where We’re Going (But We’ll Get There)” for the second night in a row, followed by a few other solo tunes in “Glory Road”, “Blue Maiden’s Tale”, and “Loves Open Door”. Haynes was then joined by Louis and the two continued the set with their take on John Lennon‘s “Working Class Hero” before turning to the Mule songbook with “Traveling Tune”, “Forsaken Savoir”, and “Hurts Me Too”.Warren Haynes With Danny Louis – “Traveling Tune” – 9/13/20[Video: themeboudin]Warren Haynes With Danny Louis – “It Hurts Me Too” – 9/13/20[Video: Matt Frazier]The second half of the show saw Haynes return to the stage for a solo cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers‘ “Southern Accents”, followed by the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Melissa”. The set continued with more covers including Dennis Robbins‘ “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House”, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland‘s “Turn On Your Love Light”, and Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Smokestack Lightning”, with some select Mule originals also mixed in with help from Louis. Sunday’s outdoor show came to a close with the two’s duet take on “Fallen Down”.Warren Haynes – “Southern Accents”, “Melissa” – 9/13/20[Video: Sean Roche]Warren Haynes With Danny Louis – “Turn On Your Love Light” – 9/13/20[Video: Sean Roche]Haynes and Louis will return to South Farms next month with planned outdoor shows on October 1st, 8th, and 15th. Tickets for the three shows are on sale here. Scroll down for a full gallery from Sunday’s show, courtesy of Chad Anderson.Setlist: Warren Haynes With Danny Louis | South Farms | Morris, CT | 9/13/20Set One: Don’t Know Where We’re Going (But We’ll Get There), Glory Road, Blue Maiden’s Tale, Love’s Open Door, Working Class Hero* (John Lennon cover), Traveling Tune*, Forsaken Savior*, It Hurts Me Too*Set Two: Southern Accents (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover), Melissa (The Allman Brothers Band cover), Child of the Earth*, Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House* (Dennis Robbins cover), Beautifully Broken*, Captured*, Turn On Your Love Light* (Bobby “Blue Bland cover), Smokestack Lightning* (Howlin’ Wolf cover)Encore: Fallen Down*Notes:* w/ Danny LouisWarren Haynes With Danny Louis | South Farms | Morris, CT | 9/13/20 | Photos: Chad Anderson Load remaining images
Alanis Morissette got into the holiday spirit this week by releasing a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”. The singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer released the cover on Friday, November 27th, along with a music video paying tribute to the iconic husband-wife duo.Related: Alanis Morissette Shares Acoustic “Ironic” Performance From ‘Jagged Little Pill’ 25th Anniversary Reissue [Listen]Musically speaking, the cover stays true to Lennon and Ono’s original sound. While Morissette’s rangy vocals take center-stage, the song’s sound and structure remains familiar to all who have spent decades listening to the original.Morisstette paid tribute to Lennon and Ono with a video that saw Alanis and her family, as well as the families of her band members, singing the classic song. Morissette, her husband, and her three children are seen in a bed with the iconic “Bed Peace” sign placed above them, with clips of her band members’ and their families interspersed throughout.“It is an honor to cover this heartwarming song,” said Morissette in a statement, according to Consequence of Sound. “The lyrics feel more pertinent than ever and this year has been a year of great resilience and adapting and feeling all the feelings. May this song serve as a big hug to you and your sweet families and friends. Everything is going to be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”Watch Morissette’s music video for “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” below.Alanis Morissette – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”[Video: Alanis Morissette]
Leslie Odom Jr. Jordin Sparks Celia Rose Gooding, Lauren Patten & the cast of “Jagged Little Pill”(Photo: Matthew Murphy) View Comments Homebound audiences missing Broadway certainly have something to be thankful for! As previously reported, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is going digital as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will air nationwide as a television-only event with no audience on NBC and Telemundo on November 26 beginning at 9AM ET. Cast members from the Tony-nominated musical Jagged Little Pill, Hamilton, Mean Girls and Ain’t Too Proud will perform. The Radio City Rockettes will also reunite for a moment in the spotlight.According to The New York Times, these performances will be filmed sometime in the next few weeks but aired with the rest of the parade on Thanksgiving morning. With Broadway having been on pause since March 12, participating performers will need to rehearse together once more. In addition, there will be COVID-19 safety guidelines in place, including coronavirus tests and temperature checks in advance of rehearsals.The parade’s talent lineup will also include appearances from Broadway alums, including Leslie Odom Jr., Patti LaBelle, Keke Palmer, Jordin Sparks and more.As previously announced, this year’s overall number of participants—all of which must be over 18 years of age—will be reduced by approximately 75 percent. All those taking part will be required to wear face coverings; performers will be able to remove them when singing. Instead of the 2.5-mile parade route, elements of the broadcast will be staged solely in and around the Herald Square area. Macy’s signature character balloons will be flown without the traditional 80-100 handlers and instead employ an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles. Star Files
Vermont Gas Systems Inc,by Andrew Stein September 16, 2013 vtdigger.org Vermont Gas Systems and its opponents came out swinging Monday over whether the state should permit a proposed 43-mile natural gas pipeline.The Vermont Public Service Board called the parties together in Montpelier for the first of five days of technical hearings on the proposed pipeline extension into Addison County. The board must approve the project before it can proceed.Nathan and Jane Palmer of Monkton are not happy that a proposed natural gas pipeline is slated to go through their property. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDiggerMonday’s hearing came after the Agency of Natural Resources signed an agreement with VTGas late Friday that requires the gas utility to drill below wetlands and take environmental measures to enhance vegetation around the line and reduce invasive species. The proceedings also followed a raucous public hearing in Middlebury last week, where opponents dominated the conversation.During part of Monday’s hearing at the Capitol Plaza hotel and conference center, protesters from the group Rising Tide Vermont held a mock trial outside. In a symbolic act, they implicated Gov. Peter Shumlin and three VTGas executives for ‘crimes against the climate.’ Shumlin and VTGas executives maintain that natural gas is a cleaner and cheaper alternative to fuel oil and propane.VTGas is a subsidiary of the Canadian gas company Gaz MÃ©tro, which also owns Green Mountain Power, Vermont’s largest electric utility. VTGas is Vermont’s only natural gas utility, and its $86.6 million proposal is attracting a range of opposition.It’s not every day that the Conservation Law Foundation and the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association work side by side, but this proposed project is bringing the disparate organizations together.Don Gilbert, CEO of Vermont Gas Systems, testifies before the Public Service Board at a technical hearing at Capitol Plaza in Montpelier on Monday. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDiggerMonday’s hearing began with the cross-examination of VTGas CEO Don Gilbert. CLF attorney Sandra Levine and Fuel Dealers’ attorney Richard Saudek, who formerly chaired the Vermont Public Service Board, kicked things off with a barrage of questions.Levine homed in on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which is often panned by environmentalists for the threats it poses to drinking water resources. Fracking, which is banned in Vermont, uses a series of underground explosions and high-pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals to extract natural gas from rock formations, such as shale. The practice has drastically increased the North American supply of natural gas since 2008 ‘ and reduced its cost.‘Do you agree that a portion of the supply that would be used by the Addison natural gas project would come from sources that use hydraulic fracturing?’ Levine asked Gilbert.‘I think it’s likely,’ he responded.Levine then asked if VTGas would agree to cease using gas from fracking.‘I don’t think that would be in the best interest of our customers, no,’ he said.The Fuel Dealers Association has argued that VTGas is overstating the economic and environmental benefits of the project. Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is analyzing the effects of fracking on drinking water resources, Saudek asked Gilbert if he thought it might be wise to put off the project until the EPA releases its report in 2014.Gilbert was not keen on the idea.‘We’ve seen hydraulic fracturing develop recently in the energy industry, but it’s been a technology used for decades in the water-drilling industry and has developed over time for natural gas, and now we’re seeing it used for oil and propane,’ he said. ‘To deny Vermonters access to the lower price and cleaner benefits of gas, I don’t think would be in the best interest of the state or our customers.’Saudek then proposed a scenario in which governments might clamp down on the practice.‘Your prices would most likely go up,’ he said.‘It could,’ Gilbert said, but the fuel’s competitive edge would depend on the price of other fuels. And, he said, clamping down on fracking would not only affect the price of natural gas, it would also affect the price of oil and propane.VTGas Vice President Eileen Simollardes later took the stand, defending the route of the project.‘It’s very unfortunate that not everybody can be happy with it, but we do believe that in totality it is the right place,’ she said.She indicated that 43 percent of the 40-plus mile route is secured via land easement contracts with landowners. VTGas is in negotiations with landowners for another 32 percent of the route. If the Public Service Board awards VTGas a permit, or certificate of public good, the company could possibly obtain access to the remaining 25 percent of the land through eminent domain.‘I believe with every fiber of my being that this is a good deal for Vermont,’ Simollardes said.But Jane and Nathan Palmer of Monkton say it’s not such a good deal for them. The pipeline is slated to go through their property, and they are unhappy about it.The Palmers are interveners in the proceeding, and Nathan Palmer cross-examined Simollardes for almost half an hour.‘Do you think this is a done deal?’ an exasperated Palmer asked at the end of his questioning.She said that she did not, and, more importantly, Board Chair James Volz said it was not.‘The company can’t go forward without our approval, and we certainly haven’t made a decision,’ Volz told Palmer. ‘This is not a done deal.’Opponents of a natural gas pipeline proposed for Addison County demonstrate Monday outside a Public Service Board hearing at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger
Vermont Business Magazine Healthy Living Market – Burlington, Hunger Mountain Coop – Montpelier, and Commodities Natural Market – Stowe have been named as Vermont Green Grocery Environmental Leaders by the state of Vermont for their environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts. The standards to meet this designation were developed by multi-state environmental agency workgroup members of NEWMOA (Northeast Waste Management Officials Organization, as part of the Northeast Sustainable Grocery Environmental Leader program and include energy efficiency, water and waste reduction, recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing, and facility operations. The State of Vermont’s Green Business Program is a joint effort between the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Small Business Development Center and is voluntary and free of cost to participating businesses. This program provides assistance to businesses desiring to “green up” their operations and recognizes businesses of all sizes for meeting a set of environmental best management standards, going beyond compliance with existing environmental regulations. These standards are posted on the program’s website (www.vbep.org(link is external)).